Chattanooga

When Gwen Douglas Hester first met Robert Sparks Walker, a notable Chattanooga author and naturalist, she had no idea who he was.

“I just thought he was this guy,” Hester says, “that was crazy about birds and flowers and knew more than anybody I’d ever heard talk about them.”

Will Davis

This year, the Tennessee Valley Authority is celebrating their dams and plants with the Built For The People program where they invite the public to tour their facilities. WUTC’s Will Davis takes us to Raccoon Mountain.

UPDATE 8/14/18 at 7:45 PM: The council voted to table the resolutions and wait for more information about the potential financial impact of the proposed building sale.

The Chattanooga City Council is scheduled to vote this evening on declaring three city-owned buildings as surplus, but a citizen coaltion is questioning the process.

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More than a century ago, Chattanooga city planners intended MLK Boulevard (at the time, it was named Ninth St.) to extend all the way to the Tennessee River. For some reason, construction never made it quite that far. Now it's finally happening. City officials on Thursday broke ground on a new extension that will take MLK through the Blue Goose Hollow area. The project is estimated to cost $3.5 million, and road construction could be completed by early 2020.

Fifty percent of all the fish eaten around the world comes from a fish farm, according to James Miller. Mr. Miller has spent most of the past fifty years helping people in a number of countries in Africa and the Caribbean build sustainable fish farms. He talked to Richard Winham about the work and the profound impact it has had on the lives of very poor people living in often desperate situations.

A robocall from a (bad) Trump impersonator was one point of interest in a mostly drama-free Hamilton County primary season. Looking toward November, the real Trump is already involved in Tennessee politics, endorsing U.S. Rep Marsha Blackburn as she faces former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen in the race to win the U.S.

Two local organizations have come together to create a non-profit “special needs” trust to help people with disabilities at risk of losing their government benefits because they have excess resources. WUTC’s Will Davis talked to Theresa Whitton, Trust Officer for Southeastern Trust Company, and Anne Stone, president of Friends of Special Children.

Chattanooga has numerous outdoor sculptures, statues, murals and other works of public art. City officials, in partnership with consultants Barbara Goldstein and Gail Goldman, are seeking your input as they plan for the future of public art around town.

Angela Foster/University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

After years of rejections, controversial NFL legend Terrell Owens is finally in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He accepted the honor—but rejected the invitation to join other players on Saturday at the induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio.

Margaret Park is a watercolor artist based in Chattanooga. An exhibition of her work in Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway opened last Friday. Richard Winham stopped by to talk to her and look at her work.

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In this interview, I'm speaking with a Philadelphia sculptor who brought Clarence Darrow back to Tennessee--back to the site of the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial. In July of 1925, Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan fought in court over whether it should be legal for public schools to teach evolution.

Darrow fought for science. Bryan fought for faith.

It was one of the most famous 20th-century trials; the first-ever broadcast on national radio, and continues to bring tourists to the Tennessee courthouse where it took place. For many years, a statue of Bryan stood alone on the courthouse lawn. But Philadelphia sculptor Zenos Frudakis decided that was unbalanced, and a statue of Clarence Darrow should be there too.

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Vice President Mike Pence mostly got a warm reception Saturday at evangelical Lee University in East Tennessee. Speaking inside a school building, Pence encouraged the crowd, "Pray for America! "

He was campaigning for Republican primary candidates, touting Trump’s tax cuts, and pledging support for Immigration and Customs Enforcement at an event organized by America First Policies.

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Chattanooga police cadets train in different ways: they improve their aim at the firing range, endure obstacle courses, and maneuver through driving courses.

Also, they go out into the community and get to know the people they’ll be protecting--in particular, underserved, minority and LGBTQ communities.

Will Davis

This year marks the 85th anniversary of the signing of the Tennessee Valley Authority Act, and to celebrate, TVA invited the public to tour some of their hydro facilities, including Chickamauga Dam. WUTC’s Will Davis took a tour.

U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Tim White was in charge of Chattanooga's Navy Operational Support Center on July 16, 2015--the day a homegrown terrorist shot at the center, killing five--and White was the first person to fire back at the terrorist. Later, while dealing with the stress of the experience and sorrow over the losses, he found solace through songwriting.

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